Frequently asked questions
Important COVID-19 update – Visitor restrictions
In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation in the Northern Territory, Kakadu National Park will close the Bowali Visitor Centre and the information centre at the Mary River Ranger Station until further notice.
COVID-19 safety measures remain in place at Kakadu National Park. The Northern Territory Government has implemented a number of health directions to keep the community safe. It is important to comply with the current travel restrictions and to use the Territory Check-In app to register at visitor sites and campgrounds in Kakadu.
Common questions about Kakadu
- Is there a downloadable guide to Kakadu?
- How much is a Kakadu park pass?
- Where does my park pass money go?
- When is the best time to visit Kakadu?
- Do I need a 4WD to visit Kakadu?
- How do I book a campsite?
- Can I bring my dog into Kakadu?
- Can I fly my drone in Kakadu?
- How can I work as a volunteer in Kakadu?
- Are there any jobs available in Kakadu?
- Is it safe to swim in Kakadu?
- Can I use an image from your website?
- I’d like to write a story about Kakadu. How do I contact your media team?
- Is Kakadu suitable for children?
- Can I get help with my itinerary so I don’t miss out on anything?
- Do I need a permit to visit parts of Kakadu?
Is there a downloadable guide to Kakadu?
Yes – our Kakadu Visitor Guide offers an in-depth introduction to Kakadu’s culture, environment, regions and activities.
How much is a Kakadu park pass?
Kakadu has a seasonal pricing structure, with lower prices during our tropical summer from November to May. Family passes are available for two adults and two or more children.
Northern Territory residents go free with proof of residency.
View the full pricing breakdown.
Where does my park pass money go?
100% of revenue is invested back into the park. This helps to provide the visitor services and facilities you enjoy, preservation of the World Heritage environment and cultural sites, as well as payments to the traditional owners, supporting their homelands, training, and business development. Learn more about where your park pass money goes.
When is the best time to visit Kakadu?
Kakadu is open all year round. During the tropical summer some areas are closed due to flooding. But many iconic sites, like Burrungkuy (Nourlangie), Ubirr and Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) wetlands can be accessed whether it’s wet or dry. Find out more about when to visit.
Do I need a 4WD to visit Kakadu?
Some parts of Kakadu can only be accessed by 4WD. But many can be reached with a 2WD -including our world-famous rock art sites at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) and Ubirr, and Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) wetlands.
How do I book a campsite?
There’s no need to book ahead at our managed campgrounds as they operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and the on-site campground manager will collect your camping fees.
Bush campgrounds are unmanaged, and there’s no need to book. Just turn up and set up camp. Some are free while others have a small fee. The fee can be left in the deposit box.
There are also a number of commercial campgrounds in Kakadu, which can be booked directly with the resorts.
Can I bring my dog into Kakadu?
Unfortunately, under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity (EPBC) Act, dogs are not permitted in Commonwealth National Parks.
Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs may be brought into the park. but must be kept on a leash not more than three metres long.
Can I fly my drone in Kakadu?
For a whole range of reasons remote controlled devices including planes and drones are not permitted in Kakadu. Operating a drone is an offence under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity (EPBC) Act unless done in accordance with the management plan or authorised by a permit.
How can I work as a volunteer in Kakadu?
Kakadu doesn’t have a volunteer program but Conservation Volunteers Australia run programs in the Top End, and across Australia. You can search for options to suit your dates, interests and preferred region on their website.
Are there any jobs available in Kakadu?
All ongoing vacancies are advertised on the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website. Many are also advertised in APS Jobs and some are advertised in major newspapers such as the Weekend Australian or the Canberra Times.
Is it safe to swim in Kakadu?
Kakadu’s waterways and natural pools are spectacular however they can also be treacherous for swimmers. Some of the waterways are susceptible to flash flooding and rapid currents, and many of the waterways are home to crocodiles. Crocodiles usually hunt by staying submerged and can attack in knee-deep water, so even wading can be dangerous.
Visitors to Kakadu are urged to heed the following warnings in order to enjoy a safe and worry-free visit to this picturesque wonderland.
- It can be dangerous to swim in Kakadu’s waterways and natural pools
- Observe all safety warning signs in the park
- Always be aware of your surroundings
- Maintain a safe distance from the waters’ edge
- Be alert to changes in the weather as flash flooding can occur causing dangerously rapid currents
- Be careful when walking around the waterfalls and rock pools as these areas can be very slippery
- Be aware that submerged rocks and parts of trees may pose a severe risk
- Be aware that water in rock pools can be extremely cold and can induce shock, especially on hot days
- Carry a first aid kit with you and always take an adequate supply of water on walks
- Take note of the location of emergency call devices in case someone needs help
- The safest place to swim in Kakadu is in a public or hotel pool, and you should never swim alone
Can I use an image from your website?
I’d like to write a story about Kakadu. How do I contact your media team?
Is Kakadu suitable for children?
Kakadu is great for children. There are plenty of shorter bush walks, and amazing sights at every turn. It’s a fascinating environment guaranteed to stimulate their curiosity, open their eyes to other cultures and satisfy their thirst for adventure.
Our ranger-guided walks and talk, and hands-on painting and weaving workshops are particular favourites with younger visitors.
Please contact Bowali Visitor Centre on 08 8938 1120 if you’d like more advice on visiting with children.
Can I get help with my itinerary so I don’t miss out on anything?
We love helping visitors plan their visit. We’ve put together some suggested itineraries, to help you have the best time. Whether you’re coming in the tropical summer or the dry, for a quick getaway or a week-long adventure, we’ll help you tick off all the iconic sites and experiences.
If you need advice on any part of your Kakadu trip please call staff at Bowali Visitor Centre on 08 8938 1120.
Do I need a permit to visit parts of Kakadu?
If you want to bushwalk overnight, or camp outside designated campsites you’ll need a permit.
If you’re planning to take photos for a commercial purpose (eg to sell or to promote your business) you’ll need a photography permit.
Are you conducting research? You’ll need a research permit.
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